Vice President Mike Pence on fundraising swing in Southern California

- Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles Monday for a less than 24-hour visit that was to include two political fundraisers.

Pence and his wife, Karen, were scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on Air Force Two at 5:10 p.m. Sunday after attending an NFL game in Indianapolis, according to his office.

Pence was to participate in what his office would only describe as a "political reception'' at a "Los Angeles location'' beginning at 6:30 p.m., which was to be closed to reporters, like many political fundraisers for both parties.

There was no immediate response to an email sent to a Pence aide seeking confirmation of his participation in the reception.

Monday's fundraiser will be held at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, according to one of the organizers, Republican National Committee member Shawn Steel. It was scheduled for last month, but had to be delayed as Pence went to Florida following Hurricane Irma.

The luncheon is meant to raise money for California Victory 2018, a joint fundraising committee for seven Republicans House members from California targeted by Democrats in the 2018 midterm election -- Reps. Darrel Issa of Vista, Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach, Mimi Walters of Irvine, Ed Royce of Brea, Steve Knight of Palmdale, David Valadao of Hanford and Jeff Denham of Turlock.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton carried the seven districts in last year's presidential election for the Democratic Party.

Steel said he was excited about the fundraiser and noted how Pence, when he was in Congress, drove a mile in the rain as a favor to Rohrabacher to attend a fundraiser for Steel's wife, Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel who was then running for a seat on the Board of Equalization.

"I never forgot that,'' Steel said.

Costa Mesa City Councilman Jim Righeimer plans to attend the fundraiser.

"I met (Pence) back when he was a congressman, actually,'' Righeimer said. "He's very personable, very down to earth -- someone you'd expect out of a Midwestern state.''

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, will also headline the event.

"I've known Kevin since we were both young Republicans when his hair wasn't gray yet and I didn't have a bald spot,'' Righeimer said.

Following the Newport Beach fundraiser, Pence is to fly to Sacramento, where he will join McCarthy to meet with area business owners, community leaders and families "to discuss the need for tax reform,'' according to the White House.

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